- Former vice president of NBA, Victor Ubani, has berated President Buhari for keeping Magu as acting EFCC chief for five years
- Magu is facing trial over alleged corruption levelled against him
- Uba, however, said that the president should have fired Magu before now
Victor Ubani, a former vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, for five years without being confirmed by the Senate.
Ubani, who was speaking on Channels TV breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, said the president should have sought confirmation from the Senate or replaced Magu.
Legit.ng gathered that he said an acting chairman should not have been in running for the permanent position.
“If you look at the act that created the office of the chairmanship of the EFCC, there is no room for acting capacity. Even though people will want to have recourse to the interpretation that if you have the power to appoint, you also have the power to put someone in an acting capacity.
“But what happened in Magu’s case is that you sent him for confirmation and the Senate rejected him, and you now kept him in an acting capacity for five years. Even if someone has to serve in an acting capacity, it shouldn’t be up to a year because there must be confirmation as required by law," Ubani said.
President Buhari had on Friday, July 10, affirmed the suspension of Magu as acting chairman of the EFCC.
Magu, through his lawyer, has since written to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to release his client on bail after spending several days in detention.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a member of the eighth National Assembly, Shehu Sani, mocked Ibrahim Magu.
It was reported that the former senator in a thread of tweet on Friday, July 10, said the embattled EFCC boss was intoxicated by power and that he was later consumed by the power.
Magu, who is facing trial over the allegation of corruption levelled against him, has been detained since Monday, July 6.
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